Welcome to the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women. We are dedicated to furthering feminist issues for the women of Chicago. We pride ourselves on being part of ‘the city that works,’ a city with a long history of activism. Our intention is to make a difference in the lives of the women in our city by dedicating ourselves to several key projects each year, and through community outreach and political activities.

Support Paid Sick Leave for Chicago Workers!

Would you like a cough with that coffee? Probably not. But that’s not a choice that many Chicago workers can afford to make.

Almost a half-million workers in our city do not earn paid sick days. That means they often come to work sick — because if they stay home, they will lose their pay or their jobs.

You can help protect these workers by going to the polls on February 24 and answering “yes” on the advisory question regarding paid sick days for Chicago workers.

Right now, just 26 aldermen are siding with workers, including the more than 200,000 women who lack paid sick time to care for themselves or their sick children.

But your vote will send a strong message to the rest of the City Council: Pass the pending ordinance that allows workers to earn one day of sick pay per six weeks of work.

No one should have to choose between their health and a paycheck. And let’s just keep it to cream in our coffee.

P.S. Be sure to vote on February 24th and learn more about the earned sick time ordinance here.

Make an Impact for Women in Chicago!

As we move into 2015, we have seen some great strides — a statewide minimum wage increase referendum, resolutions to benefit working families, marriage equality in Illinois, steps towards support for a state Equal Rights Amendment — and many more challenges, from growing support for ‘personhood’ amendments to street harassment and police violence to economic gaps that still need closing.
We at Chicago NOW are looking for passionate, committed individuals to help us tackle these challenges and fight for justice and equality as members of our Board of Directors. Whatever your issue, be it reproductive justice, economic equality, LGBTQ rights, women’s health, ending violence and harassment or something else entirely, you can make a difference in Chicago and be part of the conversation on the CNOW Board.
If you are interested, please contact chicagonow.org@gmail.com.